The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

The Solid Connection Between Biodiversity and Climate Change

Guest Post by Azzedine Downes, President & CEO, International Fund for Animal Welfare IFAW has long been a leader in recognizing the inherent link between biodiversity and climate change, the existential threat both issues pose to life on our planet, and the critical need to address both these threats together.   This week, the results of […]

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U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas click button

U.S. Joins Global Effort to Advance Ocean Protected Areas

The U.S. has joined the U.K., Chile, Costa Rica, and France in a coalition aiming to increase the amount of ocean area under legal protection as a solution to mitigate climate change.  Together these five countries last week launched the International Partnership on Marine Protected Areas, Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Why This Matters:  Tomorrow is World Ocean Day.  Special Envoy Kerry put it quite well when he has said, in essence, there are no ocean solutions without climate solutions and no climate solutions without ocean solutions.

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Interview of the Week: Dr. Neil Vora click button

Interview of the Week: Dr. Neil Vora

Preventing and preparing for pandemics is now a crucial task for world leaders. A crucial part of preventing pandemics is the protection of nature and the conservation of biodiversity. This week we had a chance to ask Conservation International’s new pandemic prevention fellow, Dr. Neil Vora, about why safeguarding our natural world is so important […]

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G7 Environment Ministers Issue Bold and Broad Declaration Ahead of Leaders Meeting

G7 Environment Ministers Issue Bold and Broad Declaration Ahead of Leaders Meeting

On Friday, the G7 Environment Ministers issued a long and detailed statement that was loaded with promises and high ambition.  The most headline-grabbing of the pledges was around the decision to end direct financial support for new coal-fired plants in developing countries going forward.

Why This Matters:  Parts of the communique seemed directed toward the Chinese (not a G7 member).  Special Envoy Kerry immediately called on the G20 countries to agree to the same pledges.

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Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

Putting a dollar value on nature will give governments and businesses more reasons to protect it

By Linda Bilmes, co-author of Valuing U.S. National Parks and Programs: America’s Best Investment President Joe Biden calls climate change “the existential crisis of our time” and has taken steps to curb it that match those words. They include returning the U.S. to the Paris Agreement; creating a new climate Cabinet position; introducing a plan to slash fossil fuel […]

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The U.S. has Rejoined the Paris Agreement, but Why Not the CBD?

The U.S. has Rejoined the Paris Agreement, but Why Not the CBD?

Despite playing a significant role in drafting the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), an international agreement to conserve biodiversity, the U.S. is the only member of the United Nations yet to ratify it. The next Conference of the Parties (COP) of the CBD is scheduled to take place in China later this year.

Why This Matters: More than one million species are now considered endangered, and extinction rates have reached an all-time high.

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